The Sunday Read: Decisions looming as Rangers continue to flirt with being a contender
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After one inning April 21, the Texas Rangers were locked in a starting contest with a 2-10 record.
Down five, though, they rallied to an unlikely win to begin a stretch in which they have gone 29-25. They’ve been competitive, so much so that they believe they are contenders for the postseason.
They are playing to win, club brass says, and not give players tryouts. Unlike last season, the Rangers show up for every game believing they have a chance to win.
However, they remain under .500 (31-34) and a distant second place in the American League West. They are prone to mind-numbing losses, like the one they took Tuesday to the first-place Astros.
The Saturday loss at Detroit, 14-7, was hard to stomach because the Tigers entered the day last in the league in runs, home runs and OPS.
So, while the Rangers have been mostly good the past two months, they can be better. They need to be better.
What happens this week could help them achieve that.